Washington Spirit sign three draft picks and a Discovery Player
Four more players have been officially added to 2013 Washington Spirit roster with the signings of Tiffany McCarty, Tori Huster, Caroline Miller and Domenica Hodak announced today. Miller and McCarty were selected during the January College Draft and Huster was the Spirit’s second selection in the Supplemental Draft. Domenica Hodak comes to the team as a Discovery Player.
Set to join the front line alongside Stephanie Ochs are forwards Tiffany McCarty and Caroline Miller. An opportunistic goal scorer, McCarty will certainly rack up points for the Spirit as she ended her collegiate career at Florida State by recording 63 goals and 24 assists. She was the Seminoles’ leader in the NCAA tournament with 7 goals in 5 matches. Recently, McCarty was called up alongside Ochs for the US U23 Women’s National Team campaign in the Four Nations Tournament in Spain, playing against Sweden, Norway, and England.
In an interview following the College Draft, McCarty described how she continues to improve on her playing style:
“Going to Florida State the past four and a half years, we play a possession-oriented style but I also like to get in behind the defense and I think I’ve added a lot of things to my game over the years. My heading game has gotten better, my long-distance shots have gotten better, so I think I can play possession-style or over-the-top if need be. That’s what I bring to the table.”
Miller provides a competitive edge, as she ranks second in career scoring for the University of Virginia with 45 goals, and was the first-ever Cavalier to be named a finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy. Miller was awarded the 2012 ACC Offensive Player of the Year after recording 10 goals during conference play.
Huster played collegiately at Florida State, where she was one of only two freshmen to startin all 10 ACC matches, and was named to the ACC All-Freshmen Team. She concluded her collegiate career with 20 goals and 19 assists in 91 starts. Huster was chosen in the second round of the 2012 WPS Draft by the Western New York Flash and went on to play with the team when it moved to the WPSL Elite, winning the 2012 WPSL Elite Championship.
Recently, Huster played for the Newcastle Jets in the Australian W-League, recording four goals in 12 appearances.
Hodak, a prominent defender hailing from the University of Maryland, completed her collegiate career with 82 appearances and 10 assists. During her senior year, Hodak moved from holding midfielder to center back, essentially taking charge of a novice back line that she helped develop into a cohesive unit on the field.
“I’ve always been a defensive-minded player, so I take pride in not letting goals in the net,” Hodak said in an interview with The Diamondback. “I do like it a lot better now that I’ve been there a few games. I just want to do whatever I can to help our team win.”
Hodak’s transition to defense proved to be a good idea as she helped the Terps to a 2-0 win against Wake Forest in the 2012 ACC semifinals.